Posted on | July 27, 2012 | 3 Comments
One of the most glaring characteristics of successful people is that they desire to be successful more than anything else. It doesn’t matter what they are doing or set to be doing. What matters is that they want to do it and follow it through until the desired satisfaction is achieved. Thomas Jefferson puts it beautifully:
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
I have gone through a lot of ups and downs in my life. I have set goals that would dwarf most men on the planet. But the desire to do it and succeed on it wasn’t there. I must admit, desiring to succeed is world apart than just wanting to succeed.
Desiring to succeed entails strong emotion and intense determination. A person can have the best knowledge anyone can find in the world to be successful yet may not have the inner will to do it. Someone can possess the strongest body and mind in the world yet may lack the will to be successful. There is a gulf of difference between having knowledge, strength versus the person’s strong will.
Take for example the government of the world. Our governments can formulate the most lofty ideals of laws and most noble regulations never before seen in history but it will remain as that – inks on a bundle of papers. Without the political will, it will not reach its full potential of giving good to the people it is suppose to serve.
Corruption cannot be successfully remove without the wherewithal to implement the laws against it.
Another good example is when a Father says to his child, “this should not be done!” But lacks the will to see to it that his words are followed and he himself setting the example. The child will just test that boundary until his parent gives in. In the long run, the same child will always test the boundary of higher laws until he has no more law to break.
Someone put this very important key to success very nicely below:
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
–Vincent T. Lombardi
To succeed you must desire to succeed more than you desire anything else. Successful people aren’t stronger than others, and they aren’t necessarily anymore intelligent than others, but they have more desire than others. They have a burning desire to see their goal realized. Do you have that same burning desire? Without desire, you won’t have the motivation to accomplish the goal.
I knew a man in my childhood years. He was nothing more than ordinary in school. His test papers was always below average. Doesn’t recite, didn’t have especial mathematical ability to really succeed academically. But he had the desire to succeed. He was never absent. Never late. Always doing his very best, even if his best academic was just average.
I met him last year when I went for a vacation, and I was surprise to know he was doing well. He has his own nice car, a 3 million worth house and lot, and a very successful small business that earns him 6 figures a month. He didn’t allow his shortcoming to stop him to desire to achieve something. Boy was I wrong.
To succeed in life, you must desire to succeed more than anything else. Do not desire money, or a million cash on bank. Desire instead to be successful in what you do and stay on it, the rest will just fall into place.
The Bible said something like these “…but when desire come, it is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12
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